Wayne County, Ohio is well-known for its scenic back road drives. Pair the beautiful colors of autumn with Amish buggies filled with waving children, roadside stands selling fresh produce and hand woven baskets and you’ll experience why Wayne County is listed among some of the best scenic fall foliage drives in Ohio.
One particular Wayne County highway has been in the news lately as it is being considered as a possible future Ohio Scenic Byway, State Route 94, Mt. Eaton Road. This picturesque Wayne County road begins just north of Doylestown and continues south to the Village of Mt. Eaton dissecting the eastern edge of the county.
Those traveling along this stretch of highway will find beautiful farms and farmland stretching out as far as the eye can see at the crest of each new hill. If you’re lucky enough to pass through during harvest season you’ll be treated to the sights of Amish farmers gathering their crops by hand and with horse- powered equipment. There are many Amish homes, Amish businesses, and several Amish school houses along the south half of route 94, so please take your time, enjoy the road and watch for our Amish neighbors, many of whom will be on foot, pony carts, bicycles, and slow moving buggies.
Route 94 passes through the Village of Dalton where it intersects with the historic Lincoln Highway. The Sippo Valley Rail to Trail bike path can be accessed from the Dalton Village Green Park. Our next stop is the Village of Marshallville and The Marshallville Packing Company where it is like stepping into a meat market from your childhood. Bring a cooler along as you won’t be able to resist the display cases full of fresh meats, smoked cheeses and old world sausages.
Explore Rittman Orchards where you can pick your own apples and purchase fresh cider. Discover Johnson Woods State Nature Preserve with its 1.5-mile boardwalk foot trail providing spectacular views of one of Ohio’s few remaining old-growth forests.
For a free copy of the Wayne County Visitors Guide and map visit us online at www.wccvb.com or call the Wayne County Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-362-6474. Wayne County is proud to show off the diversity of our beautiful countryside and autumn is the perfect time of the year to do that. We invite you to come for a visit and experience firsthand the warmth of Wayne County’s back roads hospitality.